Fiasco has had a negative impact on Govt

The Government yesterday said it was betting all its chips on Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake clearing the negative image created by his alleged involvement in the controversial Treasury Bonds scam.

Co-Cabinet Spokesperson, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said, while it was undeniable that the entire fiasco has had a major negative impact on the Government, the Cabinet expects Minister Karunanayake to appear before the Presidential Commission on Treasury Bonds issue.

"We cannot make one-sided judgments. We know all these allegations have had massive negative impacts on the Yahapalana Government as a whole. We are now waiting to see if he (Karunanayake) would turn the tables and make it positive," he added.

He made these remarks when journalists queried whether the Government or the Cabinet was not bothered about the impact on it by the revelations made so far at the Commission.

A key witness, giving evidence before the Commission, revealed that former Finance Minister Karunanayake and his family leased out a penthouse at Monarch Residencies for eight months with the monthly lease rental Rs 1.45 million being paid by Arjun Aloysius of Perpetual Treasuries. Karunanayake's Counsel informed the Commission, that the Minister could not appear before it as he had to attend the National Security Council meeting. Presidential Secretariat sources confirmed Karunanayake attended the Security Council chaired by the President.

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